How Does a Dental Implant Compare to a Real Tooth?
When investing in something dramatic such as a new smile, you will want to feel great and natural. Most people worry that others will notice their smile is unnatural when they install dental implants. So, how does a dental implant compare to a natural tooth?
At Gibson & Bartholomew Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry, our dentist will always take their time to explain to our patients how a dental implant compares to a natural tooth. They have experience and knowledge that have helped them successfully handle several dental implant procedures.
A dental implant is an artificial replacement for a missing tooth. Dental implants comprise a root and crown, just like the natural tooth. Crowns are white, and they look and function just like natural teeth. It is possible to get more than one dental implant if more than one tooth is lost.
Dental Implant Procedure
The dentist will start by numbing the mouth by administering local anesthesia. This helps in ensuring the patient does not feel discomfort or pain. A cut will then be made into the gum, where the implant will be placed in the missing tooth location, and the gum will be closed. You will wait three months for the gums to heal and bone to grow around the implant to ensure it is stable. On the next appointment, the dentist will check if the implant is stable before placing an abutment over the implant. An abutment will be responsible for holding the new artificial tooth. A crown will then be placed on top of the abutment.
Dental Implants vs. Bridges
Dental implants refer to artificial tooth roots installed onto the jawbone, taking the place of missing natural tooth roots. The implants help in supporting crowns and can also work with bridges.
The bridges do not replace the tooth roots; they replace the teeth and never integrate with the bone. Bridges can replace single and multiple teeth on the same side of the mouth.
Dental Implant FAQs
How Long Can a Dental Implant Last?
Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper dental care and frequent dental checkups from a reputable dentist. Proper dental care entails daily brushing and flossing.
How Best Can I Take Care of Dental Implants?
The same way you take care of your natural teeth is the same way you will take care of your dental implant. Regular brushing, flossing, fluoride, mouth washing, and regular dental checkups are some of the most reliable ways to take good care of your implant.
Do you have a missing or decayed tooth? At Gibson & Bartholomew Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry we have invested in state-of-the-art equipment to help our dentists install a dental implant in place of your missing tooth efficiently and quickly. Call us today at (336) 283-2593. You will be a new you, always smiling and confident once the dental implants are installed.
1341 Westgate Center Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27103-3043